Land of the Lost Star Spencer Milligan Dead at 86

Spencer Milligan, who starred in the first two seasons of the 1970s kids show Land of the Lost, has died at the age of 86, TVLine has confirmed.

Milligan died on April 18, according to an obituary published by Huehns Funeral Home in his adopted hometown of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Wesley Eure, who played his son Will on Land of the Lost, paid tribute to Milligan in a Facebook post: “For many of us, and Spencer’s many fans, he was the perfect dad. We loved his kindness, talent and huge sense of humor… Our hearts go out to his lovely wife and Spencer’s many friends and family.”

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Land of the Lost, produced by ’70s TV staples Sid and Marty Krofft, starred Milligan as dad Rick Marshall, who was transported back to prehistoric times along with his son Will and daughter Holly. There, they contended with dinosaurs, hissing lizard men known as Sleestak and ape-like primates called Pakuni, including one named Cha-Ka who befriended the Marshalls and eventually learned to speak English.

Milligan left the series after two seasons after demanding that he and the cast be compensated for the show’s various merchandising endeavors, including lunch boxes, coloring books and board games. He was replaced by Ron Harper, who played Will and Holly’s uncle Jack in the third and final season. (Harper passed away in March.)

Milligan’s other TV credits include episodes of Gunsmoke, Alice, Quincy M.E. and The Bionic Woman, along with a 1987 arc on the daytime soap General Hospital.

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